Petroleum Refinery Fixed Equipment and ASME Codes Expert

Technical Consultant #2154


  • Over forty years of experience in mechanical engineering, specializing reactor and pressure vessel design in the petroleum industry.
  • ASME Codes and Standards subject matter expert.
  • Specialty valve design and selection research and development.
  • Piping flexibility and vibration (CAESAR II, PENGS), finite element stress analysis (SUPERSAP).
  • ANSI/API Standard 510 for In-Service inspection of petroleum and chemical plant pressure vessels and heat exchangers.


Undisclosed Company, Consulting Engineer, Present

  • Retained as technical consultant and Industry code committee representative by ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co. and the Pressure Vessel Manufacturers Association.
  • Lead investigator and project manager on the Materials Properties Council joint industry "Coke Drum Life Assessment" projects.
  • Carried out specialty valve design and selection research and development studies for ExxonMobil.

Engineering Advisor, (Exxon Research and Engineering, Florham Park, NJ)

  • Managed processes related to special high-pressure reactor designs, high-pressure valves, and large diameter storage tanks.
  • Developed special criteria for high pressure flange and moment loading criteria considering sustained, flexibility, and pressure loadings.
  • Developed basis and expedited acceptance of the ASME code case for enhanced 2 1/4 Cr steels.
  • Provided consulting services to special studies for very large reactor designs.
  • Developed design and material requirements for subsea ball valves on North Sea pipelines.

ESSO Engineering Europe Ltd., New Malden, U.K., Senior Mechanical Consultant

  • Participated in design of the Fawley refinery project.
  • Special aspects of this project included very heavy wall high-pressure vessels, exchangers and valves (ANSI Class 2500), enhanced property low chrome steels, and solid stainless piping.
  • Provided mechanical consulting for all of ESSO's European refineries.
  • Developed specification and design requirements for ball valves in delayed Coker and subsea services.
  • Acted as Senior Engineering Associate on Codes and Standards, while starting up a Gulf Coast office.
  • Field activities included resolution of reciprocating compressor piping vibration problems, evaluation of service related cracking problems in pressure equipment, special evaluations on delayed coking unit piping and valves.
  • Computer calculations involved piping flexibility and vibration (CAESAR II, PENGS), finite element stress analysis (SUPERSAP), and fracture mechanics.

Senior Engineering Associate

  • Consulted on special mechanical problems in the areas of piping, pressure vessels, fluid solids units, and tankage.
  • Special service applications included high and low temperatures, hydrogen rich processes, cyclic temperatures, Cat erosion and refractory linings, and components of synthetic fuels plants.
  • Established a position as a primary company representative on code and standard writing activities.
  • Acted as resident senior mechanical engineer on a major refinery expansion, including design specification and contractor follow-up on pressure vessel, piping, and tankage systems.
  • Carried out design and inspection surveys of worldwide manufacturers of equipment for project, resulting in Exxon's first application of ASME VIII, Div 2 vessels for heavy wall (7 in. Thk.-2 1/4 Cr reactors), and very large pressure vessel applications.
  • Introduced and implemented the use of forged/fabricated valves in place of cast valves to resolve service fatigue problems.
  • Designed and tested a 100 mile cross country gas and liquid petroleum pipeline and slug catcher type separator.

Honors & Publications


  • Registered Professional Engineer; New York and New Jersey

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • Life Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Chairman, ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code Committee
  • Vice President and Chairman, ASME Board on Pressure Technology Codes and Standards
  • Served as member of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Main Committee, Subcommittee VIII, T/G on Material Toughness and Chairman of the SWG on Heat Transfer Equipment
  • Served as Chairman of the API Subcommittee on Piping, Pressure Vessels and Tankage
  • American Welding Society - Member
  • American Petroleum Institute Member


  • Received the J. Hall Taylor Medal for outstanding contributions in the development of ASME codes and standards.


  • BSME Mechanical Engineering, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
  • MSME Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
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